Carbajal Introduces Federal Gun Safety Legislation

Carbajal Introduces Federal Gun Safety Legislation

Clockwise from top left: Kendall Pata of Moms Demand Action, Santa Barbara District Attorney Joyce Dudley, and Congressmember Salud Carbajal at Tuesday’s virtual press conference Congressmember Salud Carbajal introduced the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2021 at a press conference on Tuesday alongside Kendall Pata of Moms Demand Action and Santa Barbara District Attorney Joyce Dudley. If passed, the bill would implement federal legislation allowing family members and law enforcement to exercise gun restaining measures to prevent potential gun violence. Carbajal’s announcement came two days after the seventh anniversary of an Isla Vista killing spree that left seven people dead, including the gunman. In response California passed an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) law in 2014. Since its passing, gun restraining orders have been requested 88 times in Congressional District 24 (77 for S.B. County and 11 for S.L.O.), Carbajal said. ERPO laws, also called red-flag laws, enable family members and law enforcement officials to petition a judge to temporarily remove firearms from an individual exhibiting concerning behavior. Currently, only 19 states have such laws in place. The ERPO Act of 2021 would implement extreme-risk laws nationwide and allow family members and law enforcement to intervene when an individual poses a threat to themselves or others. This includes allowing family members and law enforcement to request an ERPO to temporarily stop an individual from purchasing or possessing a firearm as well as guaranteeing the full use of existing state and local gun databases when processing a notice from […]

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